The Polar Express

Release Date: November 10th, 2004

DVD Release Date: November 22nd, 2005

G |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari, Eddie Deezen, Charles Fleischer, Steven Tyler, Leslie Zemeckis

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Genres: Children , Animated , Fantasy

Production Co: Castle Rock Entertainment, Universal CGI, Playtone Productions, Imagemovers, Golden Mean, Warner Brothers

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures, Castle Rock

Keywords: Playful , Friendship , Creative , Emotional ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A train wreck of mind-numbing proportions.

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A story that soars with breakneck pace but slows in all the tender moments. Visually, this train ride is both majestic and edge-of-your-seat. show more

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Visually, taking its cues (mostly) from Van Allsburg's Hopperesque art, The Polar Express is eye-popping. Storywise, however, it can be eyelid-drooping. show more

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Awards

Nominated Music (Original Song)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound Editing
Nominated Sound Mixing